CelebHomes News Why did you begin your book talking about your businesses that were the hardest to get off the ground?
Bethenny Frankel: Because everybody thinks now, in the land of social media and reality television, that it’s Chia business and you can just add water. It takes time to cultivate everything, even television. A house must be built starting from a solid foundation. Then, you need to add layers as needed. Even in recently learning about makeup, you can’t just slap it on, you have to start with priming and foundation. Everything has layers and so is business.

CelebHomes – What do you think about those difficult times?
BF: It makes you more resilient. You also feel more proud of what you’ve done and that it has value. It gives you self-worth. When you believe you have done it correctly and with integrity it is great.

CelebHomes: You make the point, too, that you didn’t necessarily have the same fallback that other people may have where if I need to, I can go to my family. Do you think that helped you be such a hard worker?
BF:My hard work has always been my forte. Perhaps it is the example of my dad, who was a Hall of Fame horse trainer. [Robert Frankel, inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1995], who was competitive and successful, and that’s genetic. Or maybe it was because I learned at the racetrack that winning is the only way to get ahead. It’s something I know for sure, but I have always been like that.